Masks, Accents and Bugs: Things That Inspired Marlon Brando

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Marlon Brando reading. Marlon Brando reading Krishnamurti in front of a church. The books he read are among the many things that helped shape his performances. (Bettmann/Corbis/Corbis Images)

Susan L. Mizruchi finds a side of Marlon Brando others have missed—he collected four thousand books; rewrote scripts, trimming his lines to make them sharper; consciously used his body and the objects around him to create believable characters; and used his fame to promote Indian rights and Civil rights. In her book Brando’s Smile: His Life, Thought, and Work Mizruchi looks at Brando’s life, letters, audiotapes, and annotated screenplays and books to show how Brando’s embrace of foreign cultures and outsiders led to brilliant performances in unusual roles.

Brando's Smile by Susan L. Mizruchi



Susan L. Mizruchi

Comments [3]

paul kollmar from nyc

... just a hint here, BRANDO got his whole idea for that inimitable diction from Gabriel Dell in ANGELS WASH THEIR FACES, and ANGELS ON DRESS PARADE (with ironically Bonita Granville(NANCY DREW HERSELF)!!-- You go and see and I'll comment further later---pk==ps **This writer is the flesh and blood cousin of BERNARD PUNSLEY-the last of the surviving original DEAD END KIDS-!I purpiosely never commented with the dipstick NY Times obituary that was full of errors-11 years ago-( thats life--)- I've commented previously within this venue before..)

Jul. 23 2014 09:07 PM

Brando "stole" from them? You mean they no longer had their teachings?

Brando copied/learned from them.

Jul. 22 2014 06:13 PM

Stella and Lee were the two teachers who visited Stanislawski in Russia. Each came back with their own version of his teachings... as Stanis' meant it to be. Then Stella and Lee competed until their deaths about who got it right. They both did. Brando just stole from them both and came up with his version of the Method... as it should be.

Jul. 22 2014 01:11 PM

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